Nikon D850 ISO 25600 – Usable with Topaz DeNoise?

I have been experimenting with my D850 for a few months now and I will share some of my findings regarding the ISO response for wildlife.

As one would expect, the ISO response is a lot better than compared to my earlier D7500. In fact, it turns out to be twice as good for my kind of shots.

Normally, I try to shoot as close as practically possible and try to get as much detail on the subjects given the light and exposure I can achieve.

Then, I tried to push the ISO to the limits which, one normally would not do. Today, I tried it at the highest native of 25600 but, in low light. Around 7 pm on a cloudy day.

The idea was to see what I could get from the D850 and use Topaz DeNoise to try and make the images usable.

Let’s see how this experiment went…

#photography #nikon #Topaz #noise #iso

Creating Textures in Photoshop 2020 and more…

Photoshop has built-in actions for a variety of functions that not many people that I know of actually use.

Not that I personally use those a lot, but, these built-in actions can save a huge amount of time if you need to do anything similar.

Before we look at the actions, there are a couple of points to keep in mind…

  1. If you invoke Photoshop from Lightroom, you will get all kinds of errors and this is definitely a bug in the Lightroom-Photoshop workflow.
  2. In case you get any errors while running these actions, just reset the settings for Photoshop by pressing CMD+OPT+SHIFT and then clicking on the PS icon to start PS. You will be prompted to reset the settings and just click okay on that.

Now that we are done with the issues, let us take a look at all the goodies we have already built into Photoshop.

#Photography #Lightroom #Wildlife #Photoshop #Nikon

Lightroom Auto-Mask in Photoshop? Yes, there is one!

Sometimes, when I already have made some edits in Photoshop and find that I missed out some small areas when using the auto-mask in Lightroom, it was a pain using a brush to fix it.

Turns out that Photoshop not only has an equivalent to the Lightroom auto-mask feature but, it is far more powerful in the way you can control how the auto-masking works.

So, without spending any more time on explaining this, let us open a raw file in Photoshop and see how this works…

Photography #Lightroom #Wildlife #Photoshop #Workflow

Lightroom 9.3 and Photoshop 21.2.0 Updates

These updates were released a few hours ago and we will take a brief look at both to figure out the changes.

Of course, the individual features and internal changes will follow in a later video…

Photography #Lightroom #Wildlife #Photoshop #Nikon

Nik Collection 3 – What I would like in the next update

Even after all these updates and features, the one thing that is still lacking in the Nik Collection, and some others as well, is the almost total lack of attention to the UI/UX and consistency of usage.

Let us look at the latest version of the Nik Collection, one by one, and see what I mean by this.

Inconsistent menus, zoom, pan, navigation, buttons and settings. No standard shortcuts apply where they could.

#Photography #Nik #NikCollection

White Backgrounds with Lightroom, ON1 Photo Raw and Photoshop

I have already shared how to create black backgrounds earlier, but, this one is going to be slightly different as we will also discuss a bit about the original exposure and which shots lend themselves well to a white background.

Do not confuse a white background with a high key image. High key images are those that are mostly light and white which is not true for just a white background image.

We will go through the process of making a white background in Lightroom, Photoshop (with and without Topaz Mask AI) as well as ON1 Photo Raw.

Yes, I have recently installed the trial version of Topaz Mask AI and so far, not very impressed as far as wildlife is concerned. Still learning more about it and experimenting…

This would also give us a reasonable comparison as to what one can do with each.

So…This is an image from my rooftop shooting today and this is what we will use in this session. Let’s start with this in Lightroom and then we will look at the same in Photoshop and finally in ON1.

First, the shot itself. As you can see from the base EXIF, this is overexposed specifically for a white background. I have avoided the wall behind the bird and it’s mostly the floor of the roof in the background. The angle of the shot is just over the bird to do this.

Similarly, when you have grey and/or overcast conditions, you can always look to overexpose a bit to create similar effects. Even low light conditions are good for this as long as the subject is close enough. In this case, the bird is just 6 meters away.

Now that we already have a dull background, let’s see how we can make this image pop a bit…

First, we apply my wildlife preset to this and tweak it a bit for a white background. Then, as with the black background, we use the adjustment brush and mask the background around the bird and then pull up all these sliders to make it white.

Do keep in mind that we can only do black or white in Lightroom, anything beyond that, you would have to look at some other application.

Okay, now, let’s remove the mask and try the same in Photoshop.
First the select subject.
Now, let’s try the Topaz Mask AI

Finally, let’s do the same in ON1 Photo Raw…We will use the local adjustments here with the perfect brush which is the equivalent of the auto-mask in Lightroom.

#Photography #Post #Topaz #Photoshop #ON1 #Lightroom

Topaz Products not appearing in Photoshop 2020?

I had already uninstalled the Topaz Mask AI and the Topaz Studio 2 which I was considering to purchase as part of one of their packs. I am running MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 with all updates applied.

I had already searched around on the net and their own FAQs and forums and nothing helped. I had also downloaded the full installers, but, did not work.

I was about to log a ticket with and then I thought I would go through the apps to try and see if I could fix the issue manually.

Took me around 5 minutes to figure out and fix the issue. The solution is what I will share here.

I would recommend you download the full installers since that takes a lot lesser time to install than the online installers.

Once you start the installers, you might get an error message that the application is from the internet or unidentified developers. Not an issue, just right click on the installer application and click on “open” and then you will be prompted if you really want to run the app and you click on “open” again.

That will start up the installers. Once you have installed any of these products, you will not see them appear in Photoshop as most others do.

You will manually need to copy the plugins to the Photoshop plugin folder and then start up Photoshop to see them appear.

  1. Make sure that Photoshop is not running
  2. Go to the “Applications” folder (press CMD+SHIFT+A)
  3. Go into the “Topaz Labs LCC” folder
  4. Now, go into the application folder you want to add as a plugin
  5. 5. Right-click on the application file and select “Show Package Contents”
  6. Go into the “Content” folder
  7. Go into the “Resources” folder
  8. 8. Finally, go into the “PS_Plugins” folder
  9. You can either copy the contents of this folder, or the folder itself for the next step
  10. Go back into the “Applications” folder
  11. Go into the “Adobe Photoshop 2020” folder
  12. 12. Go into the “Plug-ins” folder
  13. Finally into the “Filters” folder
  14. Paste the plugins or the plugin folder copied from step 9 here.

That’s it. Repeat the process for all Topaz apps.

Now when you start Photoshop, you will see them appear as they should have to start with. These are simple to add in Lightroom, so, that should not be an issue.

I can only hope that Topaz fixes these installation issues soon…

#Photography #Post #Topaz #Photoshop

Download free backgrounds, textures and sky replacements

I have hundreds of shots that I have taken over the years to use as a background.

These shots include clouds, sunsets and bokeh shots.

Since both Luminar 4 and ON1 Photo Raw 2020 make it easy to replace backgrounds, I decided to make this set of 25 backgrounds/textures/sky replacements that people can use with their own images.

These are all full-frame images in the TIF format which would allow you to further process them where needed.

The link to download these images is given below. If you find this useful, do leave a comment and I will try to create more such packs.

We will just run through the images in this pack and see how they can be used in ON1 and Luminar…

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17IbOM6oM3mayhYv3qYjKJIa0eaesiMiQ/view?usp=sharing

Photography #Luminar #ON1 #Photoshop #Post

Nik Collection 3 with Lightroom Classic 9 and ON1 Raw 2020

DxO just released version 3 of their popular Nik Collection of plugins for Photoshop and Lightroom.

The plugin pack also contains stand-alone applications for all the 8 plugins and can, therefore, be used with any application that can export and import TIFF files.

There has been an issue for quite some time with the Collection that if you set your Lightroom presets to be stored with the Catalog, the plugins will not appear in Lightroom. You will have to manually add them, one-by-one.

ON1 seems to have no such issues and for some reason, picks up the applications automatically.

Let’s see what the new, non-destructive edit for Lightroom really means.

To be honest, not much. The idea is to export a TIFF file from LR to edit in the Nik Collection and the changes you make in the Collection, is retained and you can keep tweaking that for the TIFF file. The settings are saved back to the TIFF file and there is no “sidecar” file. This also implies that Nik will take a while to save the edited file every time.

The issue is since we already exported the raw file to a TIFF, we have already lost the raw data for any kind of recovery. This might not be a major issue in practice though. Once you have made all your basic adjustments in LR, then, Nik can be used to enhance and tweak the same bitmap/raster image over and over again.

You have to check the box to make sure the “non-destructive” part is saved. If you want to save space on the TIFF files, make sure that you select “ZIP” compression in the Nik Collection settings. Changing the setting here will work for all cases including ON1.

#Photography #Nik #DxO #Lightroom #ON1